Budget cuts! Help!

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Where to cut??
    Catering and Rentals : (37 votes)
    9 %
    Venue : (14 votes)
    3 %
    Attire : (46 votes)
    11 %
    Flowers : (50 votes)
    12 %
    Wedding Planner : (65 votes)
    16 %
    Sunday Brunch : (78 votes)
    19 %
    Music : (19 votes)
    5 %
    Rehersal : (34 votes)
    8 %
    Welcome Bags : (71 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Hayley_N:  I’d scale down on the Sunday brunch. I hate that it’s become an expectation with weddings nowadays. It’s a nice thing to do if you can swing it, but it isn’t the most budget conscious thing. I wouldn’t do away with the wedding planner or the DJ. The wedding planner is going to be crucial that day and for organization purposes leading up to it. I don’t know about your DJ, but ours will be keeping the flow of things during the reception, which is pretty great. Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Hayley_N:  Honestly, I see one big area to cut is the wedding planner.  I really think that a wedding planner is a luxury and that is a big chunk of change that you could get back! Also $11 000 for catering seems like A LOT.  Is this just for the one night? Or food for the whole wedding?

    ETA – Meant to say “for the whole weekend”

    Post # 5
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    12998 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    First thing that jumped at me was wedding dress/attire.  It doesnt take 5k to get a gorgeous wedding dress.  Then flowers, is there a local market rather than a “real” florist that can do your flowers?  Coordinator probably.   And the brunch.  Breakfast casseroles sounds awesome.

    Post # 6
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Almost every item on there seems pretty over priced. 11K for catering for 75 people?? 7.5K for the campsite also seems way too high unless fully furnished cabins are included and even then. 5K for dress/attire isn’t necessary, I’d cut back to like 2K. Get rid of the planner, cut the flower budget in half (it’s outside, just stick to bouquets). Get rid of brunch or cut way back. I’d just use an ipod and scrap the music budget. Rehearsal dinner is reasonable, welcome bags could be cut. You could do this wedding on a muchhh smaller budget if you looked around. 

    Post # 7
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    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Hayley_N:  Um.. ALL of the above?

    5k for attire??  

    Welcome bags to me are unneccessary

    Brunch should not have to cost 2k 

    The reception catering + rentals seems insanely high considering it doesn’t include the venue cost. What is making it so high??

    Post # 8
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    8903 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    First: attire.  You can get a beautiful dress with alterations for $1000-1500, and your groom can buy/rent a suit for $400.

    Second: Welcome bags.  That’s a LOT, and you’re already doing a lot for your guests with the weekend rental, etc.  Just give them a few bottles of water and an itinerary and call it good.

    Third: Breakfast.  We had a farewell bagel breakfast for 100+ for about $300.  We just bought a bunch of bagels, spreads, veggies, coffee in big containers from the local coffee shop, and mimosa supplies.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, again, especially in light of what you’re doing for the whole weekend.

    Fourth: Catering – can you do something cheaper?  As long as the food is GOOD, it doesn’t have to be fancy.

    I would keep the wedding planner if she’s doing weekend-of coordination.  As a weekend-long, DIY bride myself, OMG there are so many details to oversee.  You could downgrade to just a weekend-of coordinator, though.

    I would definitely keep the BBQ.  That’s not TOO much money, and it’ll be a great opportunity for all your guests to meet each other and settle into the weekend.

    I’m not so sure either way about the florist.  We did DIY flowers (out of my parents’ garden) and without a crew of 8-10 people helping, there’s no way it would have happened.  And we had simple centerpieces, one bouquet, and one bout – nothing more.  Flowers, unfortunately, are a tough DIY because you have to do it the day before or the day of.  If you have anything else you’ll be doing (setup, etc) it gets tricky fast.

    Good luck!  It sounds like a super fun wedding.

    Post # 9
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    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    The catering price seems VERY high – my catering for 80 people WITH booze at a 5-star downtown Chicago hotel was about $12,000.  But I’d have to know your menu before I could really comment.

     

    Ditch the welcome bags.  Do cheaper flowers.  Cheaper attire.  I would keep the wedding planner personally, because she was INVALUABLE on the wedding day and I really got to enjoy the day with no worries.  I’d also keep the welcome/rehearsal dinner because it’s not that much money and it would be awkward trying to keep people away.

    Post # 10
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    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would just cut the brunch as I would think $2000 is too much for something that isn’t really required for a wedding, but if it is a big 3 day event then you should just look for cheaper options. If everyone is staying at the camp and there is a kitchen you can just buy a bunch of groceries for a fraction of the cost and have everyone do their own breakfast.

    The wedding planner could be cut if you can plan this without the extra help, you could maybe spend a fraction of that to convince friends to help you plan all the pesky details.

    It would be good to have details on how that $11,000 is being allocated, that pays for my entire wedding almost 4 times over!

    Post # 11
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    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @JessicaJupiter:  I disagree about asking friends to help you with the pesky details.  You hire someone BECAUSE the details are pesky!  Let your friends enjoy the day.

    Post # 12
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Hayley_N:  

    • Reception Catering and Rentals — This seems to be your biggest budget buster so I would try to cut here first.  Without knowing the breakdown of what you’re spending it on, I can’t really advise you where specifically to cut though.

    • Venue (entire camp including lodging for 75 for 2 nights) — you could try to negotiate a better price but this is probably the most difficult place to cut since i’m assuming the camp has set prices on this

    • Dress and Attire — if you haven’t bought your dress yet then you can absolutely save here by buying a replica or used or off the rack; I bought my dress from dressilyme.com for $160 (custom sized so no alterations were needed); I borrowed jewelry from my MIL for my something borrowed and I magically found shoes for $8 on clearance!  You can easily be dressed nicely for half of what you have budgeted.

    • Flowers  — I DIYed my flowers for $105 from Sam’s Club; it was way easier than I thought and they turned out beautiful; Sam’s also offers premade wedding flower kits which you can definitely order for less than $2K

    • Wedding Planner  — can you scale them back to a day of coordinator only? a DOC is usually only a couple hundred bucks; we hired a friend of friend to take care of keeping us on schedule and making sure the buffet & bar stayed replenished

    • Send off Sunday brunch — Make breakfast casseroles or buy a few trays of danishes and fruit to set out with coffee, tea and juice

    • Welcome Bags – axe this, nobody will miss them

    Post # 13
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    2125 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Yeah, your catering prices seem CRAZY! We’re doing a full cocktail hour and a 3 course plated dinner with a 5 hour open bar for 125 people for just about the same amount (and we’re having in our wedding in a relatively expensive area of the country). But, if you’re determined to keep the same caterer, I’d cut out the welcome bags and brunch. Also, like some PPs have suggested, maybe only have the wedding planner for the weekend of, not your entire planning period. Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    1943 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Dress and attire – No need in spending that much, especially when you are on a strict budget.  My total wedding budget was a LOT, but I only spent $3k on total attire, including my dress, alterations, veil, belt, and my bridesmaids dresses.

    Rentals – I believe in paying for quality food, so I wouldn’t skimp there.  But cut back on rentals.  No need to get fancy chairs, tableclothes, etc.

    Wedding Planner – Go for a day-of planner, that should save $1k.  

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